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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,    ETC,                2OJ

every place,  every object brings to  my mind the
scenes of 1786.

I passed the place where poor John stopped
M. de TourzePs horse ten minutes before it
knocked his brains out. John is dead, and
Madame de Tourzel has a subscription ball at
Paris a six francs!

Au reste, I have a charming apartment, and
my host was a member of the Comite de Salut
Publique; but he is quite altered, and ashamed of
it. This place is very anti-Directorial. My time
passes quickly; I rise early, write a great deal—
for a great deal I have to write; then take long
walks and eat a shameful dinner—another long
stroll, a visit and a chat—then write till I go
to bed.

I see it is put in the French papers that
the English ministry will have no cartel until Sir
S. Smith is released. If so, and as I fear not
agreed to, all the negotiations will go into fumo,
and your humble servant will return home like
the pot de terre in the fable, Clopin dopant comme
il peut; that is to say, if he is not sent to the
Temple to keep company with this chivalrous
subject of public contention. It is certainly a
misfortune for a country when family interests
outweigh those of the public.